Country Homes & Interiors' favourite finds from London's inaugural celebration of craft
This week is London Craft Week, the event that heralds a new era for crafts and craftsmanship in the captial and beyond. Its aim is to bring centuries-old skills into the limelight to demonstrate their continuing relevance, introduce innovative new talent alongside old, while challenging, inspiring and educating visitors about craft and the processes behind it, demonstrated by the makers themselves.
There’s still plenty going on, from special exhibitions and talks to fascinating demonstrations and hands-on workshops not to mention a wealth of beautiful crafts on display and available to buy at participating shops, studios and galleries. Must-see events and exhibitions include:
Collect at the Saatchi Gallery until 11 May. Tickets, from £12. The Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London SW3 4RY, 020 7811 3070, saatchigallery.com. The flagship event for LCW featuring some of the best contemporary craft from around the world.
What is luxury? at the V&A until 27 September. Free admission. The Porter Gallery, V&A, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL, 020 7942 2000, vandashop.com. Examine how luxury is made and understood in a physical, conceptual and cultural capacity.
Open Studios at Cockpit Arts until 10 May. Free admission. Cockpit Arts, Cockpit Yard, Northington Street, London, WC1N 2NP, 020 7419 1959, cockpitarts.com. A chance to step behind the scenes to see and buy from this renowned studio’s hotbed of creative talent.
Crafted at Fortnum & Mason until 10 May. Free admission. 181 Piccadilly, London W1A 1ER, 020 7734 8040, fortnumandmason.com. A curated selection of work from current Walpole Crafted alumni, including glass artist Michael Ruh and saddler Mia Sabel, with displays, demonstrations and talks.
To find out more and see the full program of events, visit londoncraftweek.com.
So far, we’ve been in and around Mayfair, Bloomsbury and Bermondsey where neighbouring shops, studios and galleries have united to showcase the amazing skills and products of talented craftsmen across the UK. Here is a shortlist of our favourites finds so far:
1. Billy Lloyd, Porcelain Jugs at Cockpit Arts Open Studios.
2. Barry Stedman, clay Slab vessel represented at London Craft Week by CPA Ceramics.
3. Beatrice Mayfield hand embroidered Stitch Brooch with sliver rim represented by Craft Central.
4. Eleanor Lakelin, Bleached Horse Chestnut BurrGourd Form at Cockpit Arts Open Studios.
5. Bespoke paper rose sculpture in white gold in hand-blown glass dome by Zoe Bradley at Crafted.